On page 29-30 HISTORY OF FARMINGTON, Early Explorations.
"From 1776 to 1781, when the first families moved into the township, we have reason to believe that many persons visited the valley with a view to purchase or settlement, but who they were can only be conjectured. That Colburn and his associates were the foremost in these explorations we have reason to believe. It was December 17, 1777, that the association of the Proprietors of Sandy River Township was formed betwee Topsham and Hallowell Parties."
It goes on to say, "The following petition, lodged in the Secretary’s office in Boston, is probably the earliest document extant relating to the history of Farmington. Its signers without doubt include the names of many of those who visited the township with a view to settlement."
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Massachusetts Bay:--
Humbly Shows James Cowen of a palce called Sanday River in the County of Lincoln that he and the persons whose names are herein Inserted have been making a Settlement up on said Sanday River and are very desireous of carrying the Same on with vigor and Industry and beg leave to suggest to your Honors that he opening the Wilderness and turning the Desert Into Wheatfields while it Supports Individuals is of great advantage to the publick and they therefore pray that your honors would Grant on such Conditions and at Such price as Justice and prudence shall (grant) to them the Said
(It then lists 111 names of which your Samuel Perham is one of them)
a tract of land beginning on Sandy River aforesaid where it empties itself into Little Norridgewock River adjoining to lands claimed by the plymouth company and fifteen Miles West from the River Kennebeck and so extending up said Sandy River twelve miles holding the breadth of three miles on each side thereof or however otherwise your honors Shall bound it. And they will ever Pray &c.
Jan’y 28 1778
(signed) James Cowen
In behalf of all the said Petitioners.
On Lemuel Perham, he is listed on pages 45, 49, 64, 69, & 73 as well as Lemuel Perham, Jr.
I checked the Early Vital Records for Farmington and in the very front is a listing on early families of Farmington pg 7-20. The only Perham’s listed are: Lemuel Perham b. 7 Oct 1764 wife Betsey Starling b. 13 Oct 1772. Married 23 Jun 1795. Children: Lemuel b. 2 Mar 1796, Abigail Starling b. 17 Dec 1797, Mary b. 15 Sept 1799, Moses Starling b. 22 Aug 1801, & Joseph b. 6 Jan 1804.
And Silas D. Perham b. 6 Aug 1814 in Farmington wife Mary Ann Hobbs b. 1814 Married 2 Feb 1837 in Industry. Child: Hannah b. 26 Jan 1838.
You very well could be right in your thinking that Samuel & Lemuel could be one and the same person although Samuel's name is on the petition that was writen in 1778 and it states that Lemuel arrived in Farmington in 1788.
Do you have the lineage of the Lemuel Perham of Farmington? It is listed on pages 548-552. It states that Lemuel arrived into the Sandy River township with his family in the Spring of 1788.
For Lemuel, Sr., 4th son of John & Experience (Powers) Perham, b. at or near Dunstable, MA in 1727 - he was an officer of the First Parish in 1767. He was elected one of the committee of safety after the hostilities began and was a member of the alarm-list commanded by Capt Leonard Butterfield. It is certain that he served in the army some length of time, for we find his name amond others as one to whom the Parish of Dunstable voted to pay nine pounds "for six months’ service at Rhode Island in the year 1777. He came to Farmington in 1788 and settled on the farm which his son Silas had taken up the year before, black-lot No. 24, east side, where he died about the year 1795.
Lemuel, Jr, was b. 7 Oct 1764. He was selected to survey many of the townships. He was a fine musician and an amateur poet of local fame. He taught singing-schools from time to time and led the music on public occasions. His vocation, however, like that of all the early settlers, was farming.
I don’t know if this will be of any help to you but here it is.
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